[Yeah, if you haven't seen the season 10 finale, don't go reading this question, right?]

This is probably supposed to be obvious, but who is that at the very end of the The Doctor Falls? Both in-universe and out, if you could, because part of my confusion is the out-of-universe fact that, as far as I know,

the actor who played the first Doctor died a long time ago.

  • The First Doctor has been portrayed by another actor in at least one past multi-Doctor crossover event (Richard Hurndall in "The Five Doctors"), so I assume they're simply doing that again. – Ixrec Jul 2 '17 at 17:57
  • Yep, it's not that uncommon. The Sixth Doctor was also played by another actor at one point. – Mr Lister Jul 3 '17 at 7:02

It's actor David Bradley

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David Bradley appeared as the "original" Doctor in the closing moments of the episode, as Capaldi's Doctor struggled to resist his own impending regeneration. It confirms what some had already speculated: that this year's Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure, with the story of this remarkable reunion continuing in December.


Bradley of course steps in to the role originally played by William Hartnell – Bradley previously played Hartnell in BBC2 Who origin story An Adventure in Space and Time in 2013.


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    He was also in the Dinosaurs on a Spaceship episode of Who as the villain and he played Filch in Harry Potter. – Erin Thursby Jul 3 '17 at 3:31

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